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Micronesia’s mixed cultures

NUMEROUS ethnicities can be found in the islands of Micronesia, and they maintain strong ethnic affiliations and a diversity of interests.

Dr. Nelson Krum of the Paradise Dental Center said his employees have different ethnic backgrounds which help them provide the best service possible to their patients who also come from various ethnic groups.

Of course cultural diversity in the workplace may also result in interpersonal conflicts due to different opinions, thoughts, beliefs, norms, customs or values. But cultural diversity likewise contributes to an organization’s efficiency and helps create competitive advantage.

According to the Group Pattern Language Project, groups themselves tend to develop their own culture over time, based on the knowledge, beliefs, practices and behaviors their members hold in common. Awareness of shared culture builds trust, cohesion and a sense of safety among the members, thus furthering collaboration.

Local residents interviewed by this writer believe that although we belong to different cultures, we can work together for the benefit of the entire island community.